=”283 ” height=”400″ />One side of Science Fiction movies that has been around for a long time (although I am convinced was made more popular in the 1980s) is the creation of an AI (Artificial Intelligence) and the usually disastrous effects that this seems to have on mankind.)
Now this isn’t always the case as is the case with the AI, ‘David’ (a role played by Haley Joel Osment) in the movie A.I. Artifical Intelligence (2001). Another example is the computer aboard the Starship Enterprise in both the Star Trek: The Next Generation TV series and movies. Although to be honest most of the time in movies it seems like the creation of A.I. tends to bring death and destruction for humanity. as is the case with an A.I. taking over the top part of the world in, The Matrix series, or Skynet using it’s Terminators to take over the planet in the Terminator series…
Or what happens in the movie, Android (1982)…
Written by: James Reigle (Forbidden World) and Don Keith Opper (Battle Beyond The Stars) Directed by: Aaron Lipstadt (City Limits). Starring: Don Keith Opper, Klaus Kinski (Nosferatu: The Vampyre), Brie Howard (Tapeheads), Norbert Weisser (After MASH), Crofton Hardester (The Fall Guy), and Kendra Kirchner.
On Earth in the future a company by the name of Terra Corp is going to discover how to create the ultimate cash crop for themselves in the invention of mankind’s first race of servant androids! There is only one problem though, you see the Androids began to develop sentience (or as humanity began to call it, ‘The Munich Syndrome’ after the later uprising by the Androids in Munich Germany!)
Well after this all goes down, Terra Corp gets the Alliance (It is never explained, but it is safe to assume that the Alliance is the planetary government on Earth.) Anyway they get the Alliance to outlaw the creation of any form of Android (And so the remaining Android’s on Earth go in to hiding.)
With that said, some time goes by and Terra Corp sets up a research base on a Space Station in a distant sector of space…
Now this research base is controlled by Dr. Daniel (Kinski), with his assistant Max 404 or just ‘Max’ (Keith Opper). Their purpose is to create a new race of Androids that don’t have the problems that created the Munich Syndrome in the original set of Androids on Earth… And everything seems to be going well, that is until just before they receive some unexpected visitors….
You see Max is an Android who has been doing a massive amount of research on Humanity, and at the point when the movie just begins, he is knee-deep in research in to Human Sexuality, and more specifically in how men and women have sex with each other (A subject which seems to be of some interest for the growing sentience within the Android).
Well it looks like he is going to get his wish when a prison ship makes an emergency docking at the station, where in the only crew of the ship are two strange men who give their names as Gunter (Weisser) and Mr. Popov (Hardester) and a woman by the name of Maggie (Howard). When Max goes to meet the crew at the docking bay, Max, who is often nervous, is even more so when he meets Maggie (but lavishes all of his attention on her.) After this, Max gets the 3 settled in to their quarters on board the station.
The next day when Max is telling the professor about their visitors, he is quite upset and goes to confront the visitors (who have already begun to show their criminal sides to each other, despite being able to keep their cover in front of Max and Dr. Daniel.) When Dr. Daniel and Max arrive at the visitors quarters, Dr. Daniel tries to kick the visitors off of the station… That is until he discovers that there is a woman in their party!
Now with everyone having their own agendas. This group is going to have to learn to live with their mutual situation on board the space station, before their own selfish agendas end up getting the better of them!
With that said, what I like about this movie, and what I think does make this a truly awesome B movie is a couple of things:
1. I do like the story, the concepts of how a groups individually selfish agendas could lead to the destruction of the group as a whole.
2. I also thought that you guys might find this interesting, but Don Keith Opper (Max in the movie) was not credited in this movie despite the fact that this was his debut film!
3. I also thought that I would mention the fact that this movie was shot in less then a month in June of 1982!
4. I thought you guys might find this interesting, but it turns out that Director James Cameron (The Terminator) who would probably be best known for his achievements as director with such films as The Abyss (1989), Titanic (1997), etc… Well in this movie he actually worked as a design consultant in the art department!
5. The last thing of note that I thought that I would mention here is the fact that Rachel Talalay (Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare ) had a small cameo in this movie. Now for those of you who don’t know, Rachel is a person who played a significant role in the, A Nightmare On Elm Street series, having helped in some capacity to create most of the series, including the original A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) with Heather Langenkamp (Shocker) all the way through Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991)!
With that said folks, with a great cast, a fantastic crew and with this movie being produced by legendary filmmaker Roger Corman (Queen Of Blood)… I highly recommend checking this one out! It is a fun one!